Legislation

The law governing electoral registration and the conduct of elections in Northern Ireland is complex and is contained in numerous instruments of primary and secondary legislation including:

  • Representation of the People Act 1983
  • Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008
  • Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) Order 2001
  • European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002
  • Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 1985
  • Elected Authorities (Northern Ireland) Act 1989
  • Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962
  • Electoral Law (Northern Ireland) 1972
  • Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006
  • Electoral Administration Act 2006

These can be viewed at www.legislation.gov.uk